Senate Begins Deliberations on KY Education Bill

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Senate Education Chairman Ken Winters says a fast-tracked proposal intended to strengthen the Commonwealth's application for up to $200 million in federal school improvement money will face revisions before receiving a floor vote today. Winters didn't rule out the possibility that a provision would be tacked on to create charter schools in Kentucky. Such schools would receive state money but be exempted from many of the regulations that apply to other public schools.

Winters said Tuesday that decision hasn't been made yet.

Lawmakers have been rushing to get the measure through the legislature and signed by Governor Steve Beshear this week so that the state can meet a January 19th deadline. The $200 million would be dispensed over four years if Kentucky is selected for the money.